All you need to know about New Orleans' best loved tradition... Mardi Gras! As with carnivals from Brazil to Italy, Mardi Gras is celebrated in the run up to Ash Wednesday in the christian calendar and means Fat Tuesday.
The tradition of Venice Carnival began in the beginning of the 14th Century. It is one of the most internationally known and visited carnival in Italy. The carnival is held every year in Venice and starts 40 days before Easter. The masks were used to hide differences between classes in the past. The streets are full of artists, musicians and of course people in impressive costumes. It is very common to see couples in costumes.